Our History

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The Centre of Phytosanitary Excellence was established through a regional partnership involving government, private sector and international stakeholders with funds provided by the Standards and Trade Development Facility Trust Fund (STDF). The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) and the Netherlands Plant Protection Service (NPPS) provided co-financing, and the STDF project was managed by CAB International.

The center aims to:

  1. Improve the phytosanitary capacity of Eastern Africa region and to increase market access of African nations
  2. To assist in improvement of  legal and institutional framework within the region for smooth performance of  all  matters  trade which are of  phytosanitary  concern.
  3. To offer  training opportunities in phytosanitary policy and practice, appropriate to the needs of the region, including the establishment of an exemplary plant inspection facility and information management system for use as demonstration and training tools.
  4. To provide skilled manpower for  applied pest risk analysis (PRA) generating PRAs according to relevant international standards
  5. To be the a secretariat and repository of database of African pest risk  and pest surveillance specialists.
  6. To spearhead market research in all matters of phtosanitary application including promotion of international standards  
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Project Management Committee

During the set-up phase (2008-2010), the following institutions served as Members of the Project Management Committee:

  • African Union’s Inter-African Phytosanitary Council (IAPSC)
  • Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)
  • Netherlands Plant Protection Service (NPPS)
  • Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS)
  • University of Nairobi
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, Zambia
  • Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Co-operatives, Tanzania
  • USAID Regional Mission for East Africa
  • CAB International (CABI).

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations through the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) provided invaluable oversight and technical advice.

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